Rolfe H. McCollister Jr.

McCollisterRolfe McCollister Jr. was born and raised in Baton Rouge and is a graduate of LSU.

McCollister is founder and CEO of Louisiana Business Inc., which publishes the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, 225 magazine, inRegister magazine, Daily Report online news, Louisiana NEXT, Welcome magazine, Baton Rouge Region Guide and other specialty publications. They also produce the Baton Rouge Business Awards and Hall of Fame, Influential Women in Business, the Louisiana Business Symposium, Forty Under 40 and several other annual events.

Business Report has received more than 50 national awards, including the National Gold Award from AABP, for Best Business Newspaper (judged by the Columbia School of Journalism at the University of Missouri) in 2007 and 2012.

In 2012, McCollister was inducted into LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business Hall of Distinction.

McCollister was appointed by Gov. Bobby Jindal to the LSU Board of Supervisors in 2012. He was previously appointed to this board by Gov. Buddy Roemer and served from 1988 to 1994 (serving as chairman in 1992). Rolfe served as chairman for Gov. Jindal’s Transition Team in 2007.

McCollister’s company has grown from two full-time employees and sales of $350,000 to 60 fulltime employees and total revenue of $9 million dollars. He is married to Teeta McCollister and has a daughter, Elizabeth McCollister, and a daughter and son-in-Iaw, Jeanne and Ryan McNeil.

McCollister serves or has served on numerous Boards of Directors including:

  • Capital Area United Way (Campaign Chair)
  • Children’s Scholarship Fund (Chairman)
  • Governor’s Prayer Breakfast (Chairman)
  • LSU College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council
  • LSU Manship School of Mass Communications Board of Visitors
  • YES I CAN Ministries Board (Chairman)
  • Business First Bank (Founder and Director)
  • Alzheimer Services of the Capital Area
  • Greater Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce
  • Arts Council
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Junior Achievement
  • Friends of Higher Education
  • Advertising Club of Baton Rouge
  • Association of Area Business Publications
  • Governor’s Pan American Commission
  • Chapel on the Campus (Chairman – Board of Trustees)
  • Martin Luther King Memorial Committee
  • Children’s Charter School
  • Young Leaders Academy

Current and past memberships include:

  • Rotary Club of Baton Rouge
  • Committee of 100
  • Greater Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce
  • Council F or a Better Louisiana
  • Public Affairs Research Council (PAR)
  • Healing Place Church
  • LSU Alumni Federation
  • Woodstone Civic Association

Special recognition and awards:

  • Alliance of Area Business Publications – Best Business Newspaper in America – GOLD
  • LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business Hall of Distinction
  • U-High Hall of Distinction
  • The Jaycees “Outstanding Young Person”
  • SMEI “Marketer of the Year”
  • Louisiana Economic Development “Small Business Person of the Year”
  • First LSU General College “Alumnus of the Year”
  • Public Relations Association league “Communicator of the Year”
  • Free Enterprise Committee’s “Entrepreneur of the Year”
  • Listed in “Outstanding Young Men in America”
  • Louisiana Press Association – “Best Editorial – Division A”
  • Advertising Club of Baton Rouge – “The Goldsby Award for Lifetime Achievement”
  • College Republicans “Man of the Year” Award
  • Louisiana’s “SBA Journalist of the Year”
  • LSU Women’s Center “Men Who Champion Women Award”